(b. 1951, Chicago IL. Lives and works in San Diego, CA)
Pandemic is often a time of self-assessment, of inventory. In 2020, we looked inward as our personal worlds contracted. “When they finally expand again,” asks Wayne Swanson, “what will we take forward from the experience?” The photographer found his answer where he was: at home. “The pandemic gave us the opportunity to reexamine all the things that have been hiding in plain sight. To rediscover the things that define us and reveal us. That mark notable events in our lives. That remind us of our own interests, strengths, and sensibilities. These images represent my personal inventory.” Sometimes we do inventories not to tally possessions, but to clear them away so we can move on.